Estate Living Magazine Investment - Issue 34 October 2018 - Page 39

There are a number of excellent golf courses in Bretagne (Brittany), which is my little corner of France, and is purported to be the most visited region for French holiday-makers. When combined with neighbouring Normandy, the area has over 80 golf courses. Normandy is much visited for its historic place in the WWII landings in June 1944. In this context there is much to see, including several museums and the sight of some sections of the mulberries (temporary harbours) that were used to support the D Day landings, some of which are still in place. It’s quite an eerie sight. For golfers the region includes gems such as Barriere Deauville (a host to the Open de France on two occasions), Etretat and Champ de Bataille. Brittany’s golfing menu includes Dinard, Val Andre and St Malo, all of which combine to make the whole region an extremely popular destination for visiting golfers from Europe, the UK and Ireland. A number of tour companies service the region including Your Golf Travel and Brittany Ferries. The Brittany Ferries golf desk offers excellent value packages, and manages trips for over 12,000 golfers a year from the UK alone. If you are coming into the UK from South Africa and want to have a golf break in France – possibly combined with a family vacation – this region has much to offer. With the feeling that on many flights you will be overweight carrying a spare toothbrush, the ferry and drive option takes away the need to hire clubs at each course. As this region also plays host to a number of stages of the Tour de France, with careful planning this major event can be included in a visit, as can using your core holiday package with Brittany Ferries as a base from which to extend the trip, either to visit places within the region or to travel further afield. John Cockayne | 37